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Architects’ questions on design, sustainability for federal candidates

Architects’ questions on design, sustainability for federal candidates

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), which advocates for excellence in the built environment, would like to see architecture and urban design addressed by candidates in the current federal election campaign. According to RAIC, the way we plan, design, build and integrate our buildings and infrastructure has a “significant impact” on quality of life,… Continue Reading

Canada’s housing market resilient, uneven: RBC

Canada’s housing market resilient, uneven: RBC

Becoming the owner of a single detached home in Toronto or Vancouver became a little less possible in the second quarter of this year, but in other parts of the country affordability improved slightly. Generally, according to the latest RBC housing affordability report, trends have been “fairly flat” since 2010. Outside of Toronto and Vancouver,… Continue Reading

No glut, no shortage in Canada’s housing supply: BMO

No glut, no shortage in Canada’s housing supply: BMO

A senior economist with BMO Capital Markets poses three rhetorical questions about the state of the real estate market in Canada, and particularly in Toronto. Too much construction? Too many condos? Too many listings? The questions refer to the three perennial fears that “plague” the Canadian housing market, says Sal Guatieri in a special report… Continue Reading

Great neighbourhoods are inclusive, diverse, interesting

Great neighbourhoods are inclusive, diverse, interesting

Torontonians like to think of their city as one of many interesting neighbourhoods. Queen Street West, for example, is considered a “great” neighbourhood, but what does that mean, in city planning terms? For one thing, it has a variety of “functional attributes” that contribute to residents’ day-to-day living: in other words, there’s a lot going… Continue Reading

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Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

In an effort to improve livability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while protecting the environment, Ontario has passed updated land use plans intended to encourage sustainable communities. The plans were released on May 18, 2017 after two years of review.     These include updates to the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden…

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